Oktoberfest – September 30th & October 1st

Bavarian Village

Celebrate Oktoberfest by strolling through German vendors, artisans, restaurants and more in our new Bavarian Village! Learn more about German culture from local clubs and organizations.

Homebrew Competition

Join the Minnesota Homebrew Association as beers from across the nation compete for the Byggvir’s Big Beer Cup this weekend only! The competition embraces historically accurate beers, meads, and ciders.

Dachshund Races

Watch the tiny dachshunds test their legs and speed against other pups and win fun prizes from the Festival and Long Dog Apparel! We highly encourage pre-registration for the race to secure a spot & to receive a free adult admission ticket & free gift from Long Dog Apparel! Fill out the registration from for your dog for the races or you can enter your pup day of!

Traditional German Music & Dancing

The Flemming Fold

Stein Holding

Hold your stein for as long as you can! Stein will be filled with water and contestants must hold with arm fully extended perpendicular to your body. Competitions time TBA.

FREE Schell’s Octoberfest Tastings

Join us for a FREE Schell’s Tasting on the Pavilion Stage at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm. Sample five flavors of Schell’s while you learn about the brand, how it is made, etc.

Seating is limited and will begin 15 minutes prior; everyone must have a valid ID by order of his Majesty King Henry and the State of Minnesota. No Exceptions!


Take your best shot at the challenging and favorite Oktoberfest game! Patrons can battle one another by using a wedge-shaped hammer to hit a nail into a tree stump.

Bier Pong

Grab a beer and a partner to compete in the Bier Pong Tournaments in Shepherd’s Green. Sign up is free and will take place 15 minutes prior to the tournaments in the field. Come win some prizes just by drinking beer!

Lederhosen & Drindl Costume Contest

Lace up your Drindl and straighten your Lederhosen! Compete in our German themed costume contest to win prizes and the admiration of the crowd!

Best Beard Competition

Patrons proud of their finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter into the Beard Competition!

The most appealing beards will win prizes for the following categories:

  • Longest Beard
  • Grizzliest (Fullest) Beard
  • Most Unique Beard
  • Best Mustache
  • Best Trimmed Beard

Sauerkraut Eating Contest

All patrons fit for the challenge can fill their belly with a German favorite at the Sauerkraut Eating Competition.